If you drive a rear wheel, all wheel or four wheel drive vehicle you will need to complete routine transfer case service to ensure that the car or truck continues to run smoothly. The transfer case is what allows transfer of power created by the engine from the transmission to the axles. If the transfer case leaks its lubricant or otherwise has issues, you'll end up with a difficult to drive vehicle. Here's what you need to know about transfer case service.
Routine Transfer Case Maintenance
In most cases, if your vehicle is going to require transfer case service, it will be noted in the service schedule found inside the owner's manual. Transfer case service is fairly straightforward. It includes draining the existing transfer case fluid, which helps lubricate the internal parts and gears, and refilling it with fresh fluid, to ensure everything on the inside continues to operate with ease. This fluid cools and lubricates gears, chains, bearings, shafts and other parts inside the mechanism, so it's crucial the fluid doesn't leak or become contaminated, as it can with bits of metal or clutch material. During your routine appointment a technician will inspect for leaks or other signs of damage that could result in the need for more extensive repairs.
It is important to talk with your mechanic about your driving habits to ensure that your vehicle receives transfer case service at the proper intervals. Delaying this service can cause internal damage to the transfer case.
Transfer Case Damage
As long as you keep up with the suggested maintenance for the transfer case you aren't likely to encounter damage to it. However, if you notice loud engine noises, particularly while shifting, or grinding sounds come from underneath the vehicle, it may be due to a malfunctioning transfer case. Head to a shop for proper diagnostics.
The most important thing is to keep up with necessary services. Your driving habits factor into how often your transfer case needs to be maintained. For example, if you're an avid off-roader, your vehicle will need service more often then a vehicle that is only street driven.
If you're curious about transfer case service in Centennial and need to know how often your vehicle should have it completed head to Roadrunner Transmission. Our expert technicians provide transfer case repair and maintenance for all makes and models.